A wedding is one of the most anticipated and enjoyable events in a person’s life. From the flowers to the dress, you want every detail to be absolutely picture perfect. But what your guests will remember long after the wedding is over isn’t the color of your bridesmaid’s dresses or whether the groomsmen wore matching socks. The food is what people will remember and talk about. The meal at your wedding is the first one you will share as a married couple, and it is what your guests will enjoy the most about your special day – aside from getting to be apart of it, of course. In order to have the best food, you need the right caterer. The following are 5 questions to ask a caterer before saying yes to their food.
What Will the Day Look Like?
The first question you need to ask your caterer is whether they have your date available. If they don’t, keep on looking. Within the same vein, a followup question is how many other events they will be catering that day. You want to make sure that your wedding is the top priority. Keep in mind that many caterers service several events in a day, which is perfectly normal and acceptable, but you also want to make sure that your day will have the time and care it deserves.
What is Their Licensing Situation?
Some venues require that your caterer be both licensed (which is a must-have anyway) and have a permit. It is also important to determine whether the caterer has a liquor license. If not, you will want to find out if they can recommend a vendor or perhaps go with a different caterer altogether, one who is more inclusive.
What Packages are Available?
You need to know what menu options you can choose from and whether you have any freedom to make changes to the menu. Some caterers only serve in one style, so you’ll want to ask about their serving styles as well as options they have available for guests with dietary restrictions as well as children meals.
How Do They Handle Logistics?
You want the day of your wedding to be memorable for all the right reasons. Be sure to ask what the guest to server ratio is and what their day-of procedures will look like, so there are no unexpected (and unwelcome) surprises the day of your wedding.
Can They Provide References?
This last question is absolutely crucial. You always want to check your vendors’ references, especially when it comes to food. Be sure to inquire whether they have references available and be sure to check them!
Your wedding is a once in a lifetime day that you’ll never forget. Be sure that you pick a caterer who leaves your guests raving and satisfied.